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FORMER TACOMA GUN STORE OWNER PLEADS GUILTY TO FAILING TO FILE A TAX RETURN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 29, 2005

BRIAN D. BORGELT, 41, of Lakewood, Washington, the former co-owner of Bull's Eye Shooters Supply in Tacoma, pleaded guilty today to Failure to File a Federal Tax Return. BORGELT pleaded guilty to the "major count" of a superseding indictment returned by a grand jury this Spring, charging him with failing to file tax returns between 1997 and 2001.

Bull's Eye Shooters Supply gained national notoriety in 2002 when the Bushmaster rifle involved in the D.C. sniper case was linked to the store. Lee Malvo, one of two men convicted of murder in the case, told investigators he had stolen the rifle from the Tacoma store. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) inspections at the store had revealed problems with required paperwork tracking the disposition of firearms. The U.S. Attorney's Office determined there were no viable federal firearms charges that could be pursued against BORGELT. ATF has administratively revoked BORGELT's Federal Firearms License.

Failing to File a Tax Return is punishable by up to one year in prison and a $100,000 fine. BORGELT will be sentenced by U.S. Magistrate Judge Strombom on December 6, 2005. BORGELT has agreed to pay in back taxes, penalties and interest for all the counts alleged in the indictment - amounting to $230,884.

The case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service and ATF.
Assistant United States Attorneys Andrew Friedman and Arlen Storm are prosecuting the case.

For additional information please contact Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney's Office, Western District of Washington at (206) 553-4110.

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